What Every Tenant Should Know About The San Francisco Rent Board

May 3, 2019

Should I file a wrongful eviction petition at the San Francisco Rent Board? Be careful.  Wrongful eviction petitions are not what they seem.  The San Francisco Rent Board has no power to stop eviction proceedings.  Eviction lawsuits are resolved at the San Francisco Superior Court only.  It is the rare case when a tenant would […] Read More

City Of Alameda Rent Control Stabilization Ordinance

April 30, 2019

In 2016, the City of Alameda’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance was put into effect. The ordinance is not as comprehensive as the City of San Francisco or the City of Oakland’s, but it is an essential step towards combating the continual increase in housing costs and the displacement of the city’s most vulnerable. While Alameda’s ordinance […] Read More

Hayward Rent Control

April 11, 2019

HAYWARD RESIDENTIAL RENT STABILIZATION ORDINANCE Under the Hayward Residential Rent Stabilization Ordinance, a landlord can only raise the rent a certain percentage each year and can only evict a tenant for one of the just-cause reasons enumerated in the law.  While the ordinance covers most residential rental properties, tenants should make sure that the unit […] Read More

What Does the Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA) Mean for San Francisco Tenants

March 6, 2019

San Francisco tenant attorneys and affordable housing advocates work tirelessly to prevent vulnerable households and residents from slipping into homelessness due to the numerous evictions that get carried out daily by landlords wanting to take advantage of high-market rents.  The lack of affordable housing in the City is a problem that has to be addressed […] Read More

Landlords Are Prohibited By Law From Entering Tenants’ Units Without Proper Notice And Without A Permissible Purpose

Tenants are entitled to exclusive possession of the premises they rent, even to the exclusion of the landlord.  Owners, landlords, property managers, or the landlord’s agents cannot simply enter a tenant’s unit anytime they please and for any reason.  Tenants should be aware that the State of California has limited permissible reasons for landlords to […] Read More

Housing Discrimination in California: What Is It and What Can Tenants Do About It

December 6, 2018

Housing discrimination takes place when an individual or a group is treated adversely based on a legally protected characteristic such as their race, sex, religion, familial status, or disability. Housing discrimination is illegal and contributes to the inequity in the quality of housing a person can obtain. Although discrimination is illegal, many landlords continue to […] Read More

Renting an Illegal Unit

October 1, 2018

What is an illegal, unwarranted, non-conforming, or unpermitted unit? Illegal units are dwellings that do not have the required Certificate of Occupancy, which is a document that certifies that a residential building complies with all state and local building codes and is safe to live in. An illegal unit is also sometimes referred to as […] Read More

Landlords’ Duty To Prevent Crime

September 12, 2018

Landlords have a duty to take reasonable measures to protect their tenants from foreseeable crime on their properties. Landlords have a duty to take reasonable steps to protect tenants from the foreseeable criminal acts of another. CAL. CIV. CODE § 1714. Criminal acts can include conduct such as assault, battery, robbery, murder, rape, drug abuse, […] Read More

Richmond Rent Control

August 16, 2018

The City of Richmond has a rent increase limitation ordinance (“Richmond Rent Control”), which caps the annual amount a landlord can increase rent, and a just cause eviction ordinance (“Richmond Eviction Control”), which protects tenants from eviction absent one of the enumerated just causes for eviction. RICHMOND, CAL., MUN. CODE. art. XI, § 11.100 et […] Read More

Noise Complaints: What can a Tenant do About Excessive and Continuous Noise Disturbances

August 13, 2018

Are tenants entitled to live in an apartment free from constant loud noise? Excessive continuous noise can impact a person’s health and well-being. Implied in all California leases is a covenant of “quiet enjoyment”. CAL. CIV. CODE § 1927. Landlords have a duty to ensure that tenants can peaceful possess their rental unit free of […] Read More